Capps progressing toward likely return after break

Capps progressing toward likely return after break

DETROIT -- Twins closer Matt Capps is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session on Saturday, and could make two rehab appearances in Florida next week if all goes well.

Capps, on the disabled list retroactive to June 24 with inflammation in his right shoulder, could make a rehab outing in the Gulf Coast League on Monday, or could decide to throw another bullpen session instead.

Either way, the right-hander is scheduled to make a one-inning outing on Wednesday with Class A Fort Myers, with the hope that he'll be ready to rejoin the Twins on July 13 after the All-Star break.

"Saturday's [bullpen session] will determine whether he wants to throw in a game on Monday or throw a [bullpen session]," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "And it doesn't really matter either way, to be honest with you."

Capps has a 3.42 ERA with 14 saves in 27 appearances this season. He initially felt discomfort in his shoulder against the Brewers on June 15 and took a week off before suffering a setback in an inning against the Reds on June 23.